A Tour of Fourkind’s Minimalist Helsinki Office
Fourkind, a technology advisory company that provides advanced analytics, artificial intelligence and platform economy consulting, hired workplace design firm Workspace Oy to design their new office in Helsinki, Finland.
“In just a year, their Helsinki office had become cramped because of the number of new employees, and thus it was time to look for a new one. Along with size, pivotal selection criteria were well-functioning acoustics and ability to convert the space according to work needs. Additionally, the new office needed to be move-in ready in just a few months.
A new office space was found from the architecturally beautiful, art deco style WTC building on Keskuskatu. The premises were rushed into renovation, which resulted in an attractive and trendy office space. It communicates both internally and externally Fourkind’s professional, yet youthful image. In the office, a surprising color palate emerged from a playful and bold composition, and there is not a single pure white wall.
The adaptability and convertibility of the premises has been taken into account in every step of the design process. Especially the convertible hangout area has become a cornerstone of the office: owing to the light and loose furnishing even larger events can be held in the space by utilizing rental chairs. For instance, a 70-people seminar has been successfully held there since the relocation.
The furnishing choices were driven by the tight schedule. Therefore, it was of utmost importance to carefully select which elements should be invested in. However, the interior design needed to match the atmosphere created by the beautiful architecture, so thanks to a tight cooperation with Vitra and Input Interior, we were able to invest in high-quality materials. Creative solutions were respectfully crafted in the old structures; for instance, bookshelves were placed in old embrasures. The ensemble came together stunningly, creating a unique ambiance to the office which is simultaneously both laid-back and elegant.
The office is not only pleasing to the eye for Fourkind’s employees, but also a convincing business card for visiting clients,” says Workspace Oy
- Location: Helsinki, Finland
- Date completed: 2019
- Design: Workspace Oy